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“Food good, but.....”

Bibis Italianissimo
Ranked #86 of 1,829 Restaurants in Leeds
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $58
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Holbeck
Description: Bibis Italianissimo is an iconic and authentic Italian Restaurant and Cocktail Bar with an unrivalled reputation for serving authentic Italian cuisine and providing live entertainment in a truly stunning venue.
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Food good, but.....”
Reviewed November 10, 2012

The food was good, but no better than you can get at other good Italian restaurants. But: (1) £19.00 for a bottle of house wine - are you joking?; and (2) they add a 10 per cent "discretionary" service charge to the bill - why? Particularly when there is no assurance given that it goes to the serving staff. All that does is put the customer in the lose/lose situation of creating an awkward and embarrassing scene by asking for it to be removed, or paying it and leaving feeling annoyed. I'll happily tip, but at my discretion, not at what feels like the restaurant's compulsion. That lost them one star on the rating.

  • Visited November 2012
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Nottinghamshire
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Great surroundings and food”
Reviewed November 8, 2012

The Art Deco surroundings and outstanding food was worth the trip from Nottingham alone. The staff were friendly and efficient. We will be returning again

Visited November 2012
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Leeds
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Quite average overall”
Reviewed November 8, 2012

Called in passing on sunday...I had duck and orange pate to start, it was delicious. Had the carbonara for main, this wasn't as nice, quite repetitive as the taste wasn't great.

Friend had the mushrooms to start which were wonderful and a chicken pizza for main which was also lovely.

The decor is beautiful
Food and drink is a little overpriced
Most of the staff were wonderful but 1 or 2 were miserable

We ordered the Pinot Grigio which wasn't anywhere near as chilled as it should have been...I had to ask for ice to get it to proper temperature which I hate doing as it spoils the drink in my opinion.

Overall Bibis would be a great place to visit if you either got early bird prices or a deal of some kind as the quality of the food and some of the surly waiters does not reflect the high prices

  • Visited November 2012
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Leeds, England, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“was the best....but”
Reviewed November 7, 2012

was the best in leeds but to be honest has slipped in quality and service but that could be because San Carlos has taken the crown
its just not as good as it used to be in terms of quality of food and service
san carlos wipes the floor with bibi's

Visited March 2012
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Brough, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Excellent”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

We all love Italian food and were looking forward to this visit after hearing someone at our local restaurant rave about it. we were not disappointed - it has got the wow factor as soon as you wal in - all sparkling, gleaming and very ornate. The staff were very friendly and welcoming. Wew were worried about the food as some of the reviews on here were very negative. The menu is very extensive too - usually this indicates that everything is frozen, but our starters were just perfect and the mains were too. Only the desserts were a bit disappointing. Great range of wines, prosecco served chilled as it should be. We usually leave more than the customary 10% as a tip, and hate it when this automatically gets added on to the bill, but that was the only disappointment of the night. We shall be back again as soon as we can find someone to drive us home from Leeds, but its pretty handy for the train station anyway.

  • Visited October 2012
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